In a major setback for Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP government, its transport minister Gopal Rai quit from his post on Tuesday, according to a TV report.
Rai’s resignation comes amidst corruption charges against him, but AAP government has cited health reasons for his decision. Satyendra Jain is likely to take charge as Transport Minister for now.
Gopal Rai had on Monday said he was “ready to go to jail” if corruption was proven in the city government’s app-based premium bus service scheme. The service couldn’t take off following allegations that a particular aggregator was favored.
The Delhi government during the second phase of the odd-even scheme in April announced the premium bus service would be made operational from mid-June.
In wake of Premium Bus Service investigation-
Transport Minister Gopal Rai resigns-
Or is he being shunted out for dismal Public Transport?
— Ajay Maken (@ajaymaken) June 14, 2016
Registrations for the same were to be started on June 1. But the scheme could not be launched because Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung did not give his assent to the service and asked the transport minister to review it.
The city government led by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is in a tiff with Lt. Governor Jung, accusing him of creating hurdles in its development plans.
According to the CAG report tabled at Delhi Assembly on Monday, Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) has suffered losses worth Rs 5,022 crore on operations, Rs 461.88 crore on missing scheduled kilometres and Rs 61.64 crore on fuel cost recovery from the contractors between 2010-15.
More details on Gopal Rai’s decision to resign are awaited.